I just love these.
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Love it. And I absolutely love the sign “You are experiencing a random act of culture.” Yes Virginia some cultures are superior to other cultures.
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Wonderful! Flash Mob type music is such great fun for both the musicians and the shoppers. THIS is part of our heritage as members of Western Civilization.
One of my fondest memories is attending an audience-participation rendering of THE MESSIAH at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion probably somewhere around 1990. Singing with the audience was delightful all the way to the end.
Then something even more sublime happened. As we were exiting down the great stairs to the lobby with its sparkling chandeliers and the lovely Christmas decorations, someone began singing “The Hallelujah Chorus.” As we all joined in and slowly progressed forward, everyone was smiling as they sang and we continued singing until we went out the front entrance into the night. Simply glorious and elevating!
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I never fail to weep when I hear the Hallelujah chorus well sung. And then I put the cd on and weep again.
This is another of my favorites from The Messiah. I’m not sure about this particular production, but it does have the lyrics, so this is the one I’m using!
A little known fact about “The Messiah” from https://www.bsomusic.org/stories/5-things-you-might-not-know-about-handels-messiah :
Librettist Charles Jennens, who was a close friend and collaborator with Handel, used the biblical stories of Jesus for the Messiah’s text. Jennens described his work as “a meditation of our Lord as Messiah in Christian thought and belief.”
But only the first third of the work was about the birth of Jesus. The second act covers the death of Jesus and the third focused on his resurrection. As such, the piece was originally conceived as a work for Easter and was premiered in the spring during the Lent season.
By the 19th century, Messiah became a regular December staple particularly in the United States. Laurence Cummings, conductor of the London Handel Orchestra, told Smithsonian Magazine that the Christmas performance custom may have partly come out of necessity.
“There is so much fine Easter music — Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, most especially — and so little great sacral music written for Christmas,” he said.
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